When Darkness Approaches

Do you have a raging, dark storm quickly approaching you?

Do not be afraid.

God doesn’t only reveal Himself to us in wonderful worship services where even the impossible seems like child’s play for God to accomplish.

Most of the time it is in the midst of extreme danger and darkness that God reveals Himself to us. In these times He intends to test us, to show us what is in our hearts. He already knows what is in us, but He wants us to see for ourselves what is in us.

The storms of life are intended by the devil to “kill, steal, and destroy” us, (John 10:10) but it is God’s intention to reveal to us what is in us. He also wants to reveal to us what is in His heart, His love for us.

“When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear

Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.’

The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.”

📖 Exodus‬ ‭20:18-21‬

See you at the altar of prayer, located in the center of that coming storm. Get ready to have a lot of revelation, of self and of God.

Do not be afraid.

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On The Lighter Side…

The Far Side™ cartoon series, if you are not familiar with it, is a wonderful window into the uniquely humorous world of Gary Larson. Sometimes the humor is based upon the impossible, sometimes upon the ironic, and sometimes just deeply philosophical… all shared with a heavy dose of fun.

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God Crushes Satan

Is the enemy posing a threat that is imminent, dangerous, and fear inducing?

Rejoice because God Crushes Satan!

“Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.”

~ Romans 16:19-20

Our lifestyle of obedience, wisdom, and innocence is a strategic collaboration with God’s crushing power.

 

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When Jesus Sleeps…

Do you feel like you are being hit by one of the biggest storms of your life, and Jesus just seems to have fallen asleep? The disciples experienced that very same thing!

“As they sailed, He fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke Him, saying, ‘Master, Master, we’re going to drown!’

He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. ‘Where is your faith?’ He asked his disciples.

In fear and amazement they asked one another, ‘Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him.’”‭‭

( Luke‬ ‭8:23-25‬ )

That day Jesus wasn’t being negligent, or too tired to bother with paying attention. Instead, He was sleeping because He already had everything under control — including the winds and the waves! In this particular case, in order to demonstrate to the disciples that He had the storm under control while it raged, He calmed the storm so the disciples could see the fact of His omnipotence in the elements.

Likewise, in your life-sized storm Jesus may seem to be asleep, and maybe He is (in a sense of the word). However, He is not being negligent or distracted by another situation in the world. In the midst of your raging storm, Jesus has it all under control.

Let Him demonstrate His power in any number of ways, one of which is to have you go through the storm safely while on your way to your next destination.

Storms make for wild rides. When we know Jesus is with us in our boat, somehow the fear disappears [like it did for the disciples when their storm was calmed], while we ride out the storm.

Either way, Jesus is the Commander of our Storms of Life.

No Fear!

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Flourish in Any Trial

What kind of environment do you find yourself living in? Is it overwhelming at times due to strained relationships with loved ones, or chronic health issues that induce pain and isolation, or a financial drought where expenses are increasing through no fault of your own, or your place of ministry has become a desert instead of the oasis it used to be for you?

Trials of these kinds are common, very common, but pointing that out doesn’t take the pain away, does it? No, but we can’t live life by allowing pain of some kind to be our navigator or captain. We must endure, persevere, and be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”

( James 1:12 )

The greatest fears during trials are not just related to pain (physical, emotional, mental), but include anxiety of losing the ability to flourish in life.

My friend, as a child of God who has committed your life to Him for all of eternity, He knows how to take care of you in this world. Your trials of today, though the enemy designed them for maximum destructive power in your life, will not result in your destruction.

God is active and present on the scene, and He will make use of these same trials to prune some branches in your heart and soul. Pruned trees make for fruitful trees… very fruitful trees!

Persevere. Endure. Collaborate with God in accordance with the scriptures, His Word. And, in the midst of the fiery trials always remember to cultivate the joy of your salvation.

“But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your loving kindness in the morning, for You have been my stronghold and a refuge in the day of my distress.”‭‭

( Psalms‬ ‭59:16‬ )

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